Journal News Westchester football player of the year Rashaad Slowley will sign this week to play at Southern Connecticut State.
Slowley, a running back at Stepinac and Mount Vernon grad, had Division I interest but no offers. He decided to go the Division II route and will pretty much go to college for free, which is all that matters.
As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Slowley rushed for 1,486 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading the Crusaders to a CHSFL AA Division title. He led the area in rushing as a junior with 1,353 yards.
Southern Connecticut, in case you don’t know, is a powerhouse D-II school. It was ranked nationally for all of last season and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Jarom Freeman of Peekskill is SConn’s star running back. As a sophomore last season, he rushed for a school record 1,906 yards as the team went 9-4.
Many of you are going to criticize, but I think this is a good move by Slowley. He wasn’t considered fast enough to play major Division I football, which is why he didn’t get the offers. He admitted to me after the season that he knew Division II was probably the best place for him but seemed uneasy about it. Every kid wants to play at Notre Dame or Miami. I always tell people that they should go to the schools that want them, not that ones that will take them.
Slowley could have went to prep school, raised his profile and gotten a Division I offer. And he might be looking for a new school a year after that. Smart move by Slowley, who’ll get to be a backup for a year, learn from Freeman — who has improved tremendously in college — find a role as a sophomore and then start the final two seasons.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I have some big news on another local football player ready to make his college announcement. Some of you have already heard it, and written it on here. But it’s not official yet so please don’t jump the gun.